Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Photo of ski271
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold, white head with little retention, very little lacing early. Smell is grassy. Taste is clean. Grain, cracker-like. Bitter spice on the finish. Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation. Pretty much a typical European-style pilsner... without the stink. Not bad I guess, but then again I don't really care for this style and probably won't have it again.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear and vibrant, this brew looks like liquid gold in the glass. The head is brief and homely, but some crusty-salty lace sticks to the glass and swirling brings up a respectable finger of foam, but only for a few seconds. The tragedy of a head is a shame, because the color is pretty.

S - Saltine crackers and table salt. This is neither hoppy or malty, but focused on the aroma of straight up salt. Honestly, it's a very refreshing nose, but it's lacking in complexity.

T - Again, very salty and crackery. Saltine crackers are there in abundance, but not a whole lot else. Some bitter salad-greens hops are there with more force than in the nose, and I can also appreciate some floral marigold and dandelion notes upon retro-olfaction.

M - Light bodied and crisply carbonated, with a huge margarita-salt freshness on the palate. Would be a nice palate cleansing beer to have with something spicy.

D - A super-session beer for the great spring weather! I could totally see dropping a few of these down the gullet at a backyard summer BBQ...I'll bet it's great with brats since it would compliment the greasy and heavy fatty flavors with a crisp freshness.

Photo of baos
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Not much head to speak of over a deep golden body. Decent lacing.

S: A bit of sweet apple juice. Sweet malts and grains.

T: A hint of sweet then the hop bitterness gets you but its a good bitterness than leaves the mouth dry and crisp.

M: Big carbonation but it feels rather nice for this type of beer.

D: A six pack a day will keep Dr. Blues away doooodes.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big 50cl can. All red with a "so-standard-I-could-cry" ellipsoid crest on the front, rather like a red version of Heineken that says "Karlovacko" instead of Heineken. displays medals it has won on the front, along with a proud "Product of Croatia" legend.

Now to the real stuff:

Pale gold body, with lots of carbonation, and a good rocky crown of white foam. Pretty good lacing too, and the retention is great.

Slightly sour, slightly tinny aroma. Some sweetness, some carbonic seltzer water flavour. Not entirely unpleasant, but to be honest it's pretty weak. Not a lot to it.

Taste is initially flat with a little sweetness. Late on the palate arrives a coppery bitterness and a residual husky, grain flavour. Mouthfeel is lightly spiky but otherwise dry. It's not as clean and smooth as some of the other easy-drinking Euro lagers, but it does have some character.

It's reasonably easy to drink, and reasonably unoffensive. It's not a great beer though, and I'd be loath to call it an above average pils-style lager. Don't count on winning too many more medals, guys.

Photo of dnichols
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 500 ml capped bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a gold body with a moderate white head that supported a limited duration lacing.

S: It had a sweet light toasted malt aroma with white doughy bread yeast aroma. It was clean and refreshing.

T: It presented a sweet malty front with a balanced hop flavor. It was moderately carbonated and finished clean. Nice for a pilsener.

M: It was light bodied, with refreshing carbonation, and a clean finish with limited aftertaste.

D: It was a decent and easy to drink Pilsener that would make a great session brew.

Photo of Avryle
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap in Croatia as well as in the bottle. Its a highly drinkable Czech Pils that's condusive to the Mediterrenean climate.

A - Golden straw color, pours with a light fluffy white head

S - Light malt nose with a touch of hops

T - Sweet maltiness & a siight hop bitterness in the finish

M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D - A pretty standard Mediterranean lager apropo to the climate. Its a good poolside beer.

Photo of OldYoda
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Guinness imperial pint. A not unattractive straw yellow with a minimal head and no lacing apparent.

Smell is slightly sweet and bready, certainly nothing overwhelming. Certainly not offensive, but nothing to make you want to dive in, either.

Taste, again nothing offensive - but, just not much of anything. A little sweet, no obvious hop kick. Just sort of nothing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean and the drinkability is fine - a few of these would be fine if this is all you can find. Not a beer I would buy again or seek out.

Photo of friendofthedevil
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

While camping in Croatia, not many beers other than Karlovacko where available in the nearby shops. It's nothing special, but it's surely better than nothing. After a hot day of climbing and sun, it was nice to crack a few of these and feel refreshedwhile watching the sun drop on the horizon. Definitely not a great beer, but perfect for it's situation.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear straw-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has a faint hint of biscuity malt, but mostly it is of nothing. The taste is has little more of the biscuity malt than the aroma with the addition of some very mild noble hops. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer at best. It's not so bad that I can't finish one bottle, but it isn't good enough to rink again.

Photo of bark
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale yellow; the two finger airy white head sinks slowly to a thin lid.

The smell is mild. Some buttery notes, some sweet malt and a very mild bitter hint.

The taste is mild and a quite buttery. Some light sweetness. It is fresh, balanced and very drinkable. The aftertaste is a bit bitter with some butter and minerals. The flavours are very clean.

The carbonation is average; the fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is a bit smooth.

I found this one a typical central European lager with a Czech twist.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold that holds almost no head after a few seconds. Nose is slightly cereal sweet. Bitter acrid tone to it. Slight fruity tone to it. Man. This tastes...funny. I want to say it almost tastes like apple juice beer. Which is interesting on the first sip. Then the whole flavor profile just jumps off the edge of the cliff. Turns bitter and metallic and has no good quality to it really. Feel is standard with minimal carbonation. I doubt I am going to get through this whole thing. So bland. So...just...so...not that worth drinking. Oh well. Add another country to the list.

Photo of brendan13
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly to a thin whisp.
S - Grainy malts and a soft, light floral hop touch.
T - Sweet grain maltiness, slight honey note.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - A basic, uncomplex lager. Nothing to get excited about but a few of these would go down without a problem.

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Completely clear gold, decent head and good lace. They say it is supposed to be a Pilsner, but I ain't getting that. Has a smoother macro smell to it, the look was also that of a macro.

Tastes almost like this Latvian beer called Aldaris. Very dull and leaves a sort of bad taste in the back of the throat. It's an easy going beer, that has a slight bitterness to it.

Again, if this is a Pilsner, then it is all wrong. But if that is a misprint, it is still not a very good beer, but drinkable.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, the brown 25cl bottle bears a red, white and gold label with a coat of arms above the name. The Croatian language label offers no ingredient list. Best before 10/15/07, I opened it on 9/30/07.

Pours a clear solid gold under a short-lived one finger white head that left exactly one spot of lace before disappearing quickly. The nose is reasonably strong of grain, perhaps corn but not at all unpleasant. The mouth is fairly chewy and reasonably well carbonated. A decent, solid taste with plenty of bready grain but not much on the hops side. I suppose this would be OK as a quaffer on a hot summer day. It'll do.

Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for the sixpack of Croatian beer.
Poured cold into a pokal.
A - A golden body with a rapidly falling white head that allows for some stickage of lace.

S - Mostly malt with some scents of eastern european yeast.

M - A medium light bodied lager w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness and decent bitterness to balance.

T - Herbal + pine hop flavors with a sweet honey-like malt that is downplayed by a crisp taste. Slight grassiness in hop flavor as it warms. The carbonation brings out some of the nutty malt qualities.

D - An average pils flavor, nothing to write home about. Basic drinkability, not bad, but not great. I would drink this again, but probably not seek it out.

Photo of riversider76
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden. One finger head, but not much retention,or lacing. Aroma is of faint yeast,and malts. Weak at best. Body is thin, and watery with some carbionation. Taste is sweet,and bready with a honey edge that is not unpleasent. Not my favorite style,but if it's yours,give it a try.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up at the Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland, OH. Pale gold with a white head that disappears right away. Aroma is faintly skunky, containing noble hops. Grainy with some citrus. Flavor is pretty on par with your typical Euro lager, pale, dull, and light. This one is perhaps a touch hoppier then the average. Light, crisp, and fairly clean body. Drinkable but not exciting. Still, this is from Croatia, ancestral home of one of my great grandfathers and current home to my ex-commissar cousin so this beer gets a bonus for that.

Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko pours a stiff white head over a clear
golden brew. Carbonation is active and steady,
and the nose is light barley malt and pilsner yeast.
The flavor is slightly sweet barley malt up front, some
slight citrus notes, and a grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel
is clean and crisp. This is not the finest pils ever but it's a
decent enough quencher. If you like the style by all means
try it.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A beer from Croatia? Gotta give it a try:

Eye catching gold in color, but the head is lackluster. This is a pretty standard pilsner. Sort of sweet, broken by the hops and hay flavors. Good crisp feel on the tongue. Drinkablilty is okay, as it sometimes tasted rusty. Worth sampling once or twice; I already have.

Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yep, I was drawn in by a beer from Croatia – let’s give it a try and see what happens.

Hey, not a bad start – straw yellow with a nice foamy white head. Constant stream of carb bubbles appear and rise. And river lacing cutting around the glass, too.

Lite aroma of steamed veggies, along with a barely discernable note of the Euro yeast skunk. Soft malts along with a nice hop hit at the finish. Crisp and dry, I could drink several at a session. Glad I tried it, not bad and made up for an otherwise boring evening.

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle came from a brew of the month club and is a bit old, but no sediment. Just saw online today that the brewery may be temporarily closed for possible improper hazzardous waste disposal. Anyway - this poured with a nice head that promptly settled down. No lace. Nice golden amber color. Aroma of grain, grass, light malt, mild spice and some hop. Flavor is distictly sweet. Decent body. Short finish. Drinkable beer.

Photo of July2Nov
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a pack of "Beers of the World" from BevMo. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours clear (think apple juice) with no head at all.
S: A slight acidic/fruit smell.
T&M: Suprised by the tasty flavor. Very light and crisp. Has the a sweet fruit flavor that empowers the brew. Quite suprised by the overall flavor of it.
D: This brew has it going on. Never had a Czech Pilsner before and if this is any indication of the style...then I'll be seeking out more of these.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden straw with perfect clarity. A fizzy three-finger head slowly gives way to a rocky soap bubble cap that holds fairly well and leaves some spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and some toasty biscuit aromas, background noble hops and a faint fruit scent. The Pilsener malt flavor is sweet at first, with subtle layers of toasted nut and light caramel flavors. This gives way to the more typical sharp pils taste. A very mild Saaz or tettnanger flavor and lacking bitterness are found in the aftertaste-but at least its not skunked. Lighter body with some decoction-esque malty texture and medium light carbonation make a slightly crisp and mellow mouthfeel. Finishes with traces of spicy german hops and a kiss of toasted Pils sweetness. Honestly, I found this to be an enjoyable beer -albiet lackluster example of the style. I bought it for the novelty of being Croastian beer- but I would be disappointed if I were expecting an authentic Czech PIls. On the other hand- its very affordable, highly drinkable, and could easily be passed off as a really great Macro. An ideal choice for introducing craft beer to non-enthusiasts.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.15 oz bottle. Very pale yellow, almost clear. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but very small head that settles quickly.

Very faint hop aroma, smells of straw or fresh grass, much like a pilsner should.

Can taste the hops a little bit more than the smell would indicate, but not much. Feels slightly fizzy in the mouth, but otherwise very smooth. Doesnt leave it particularly dry.

As far as drinkability is concerned, this is up there in score simply because it very easy to drink. I doubt that anyone would be offended by the taste/feel of this beer unless they were expecting something more. A good example of the classic pilsner style. Would definitely not pass up a bottle of this were I offered one.

Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle -> goblet
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Pours clear straw yellow with a thin head that leaves a little quick flash lace. Carbonation appears timid.

Nose: Light grains, some pale malt

Taste: Light and grainy, with a tad bit of bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouth: Feels a little thin, but finishes clean.

I could probably knock down quite of few of these over a few games of bowling, easy to drink, just not too exciting.

Drink:

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.